Working with rediscovered fabrics is an active choice. Breathing new life into antique curtains, tapestries and more enables us to create exclusive pieces. And repurposing existing fabric is our way of challenging overproduction in the fashion industry.

Moreover, starting every piece with bespoke fabric pushes us to work with what we have and improvise. That way, the clothes we make adapt to a fabric’s particular personality. For example, some of our jackets have a silk lining and intricate details, some are reversible, and others are minimalist. And some fabrics are worn out or imperfect; that’s what gives them character, and makes them interesting to work with. All of the pieces we make adapt to these imperfections — or even highlight them.

To coax out the best from antique embroideries, delicate linens and more, we need to use the right techniques. Here are some examples of the techniques and ‘savoir faire’ we like to work with.

Open Work
In this technique, we draw thread from the fabric and work with what remains. We tie the remaining thread into many different patterns and leave open spaces in the fabric — which form a design of their own.

In this embroidery technique, we cut out pieces of fabric and embroider them on top of a base fabric.
Drawn thread work
This embroidery technique involves drawing threads from the fabric, then adding decorative stitches over the remaining threads.

Cross stitch embroidery
This is a very popular, counted thread embroidery technique in which we make x-shaped stitches to fill the design.

Also known as French Laid work, whitework embroidery refers to working on white fabric with white embroidery floss.

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